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South Dakota State Fish

Walleye (Sander vitreus) artwork by Timothy Knepp / USFWS (public domain image on Wikipedia).

Official State Fish of South Dakota

South Dakota designated walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) as the official state fish in 1982 (walleye is also a state symbol of Minnesota and Vermont). All State Fish

Walleyes are most at home in large, clear, cool lakes. Their eyes are sensitive to light, so they go to deep, dark waters during the day and move to shallow areas at night. Walleyes are found in lakes and rivers across South Dakota, but are most common in the Missouri River system and in the glacial lakes in the northeastern section of the state.

The Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry in the city of Webster is designated as the official state fishing museum.